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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Feb 19, 2007 11:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last thing I was expecting 11-1-85

No, not just the Gloria. The entire set was a great piece of work for that time.

Hadn't opened a 2nd set with Samson since March.

High Time and He's Gone had not been played in the same set since the Garden 82 and NEVER back to back before.

Then into a Spoonful which was beginning to peak it's head out but was still only the 15th ever played

Back into Comes a Time!! which was only the 2nd East Coast performance since 80. And God how sweet it was.

Now we have THREE Garcia ballets in the first 1/2 of the second set INTO a Weir Ballet "Sailor" which is fast becoming rare at that point - Only 3 more played afterward.
Couple this with a SPLIT Sailor / Saint which had also NEVER been done before. There had been stand alone versions but never a split when played in the same show.

Phil fired up and visably toking on stage getting pumped for the 2nd half of the set and firing off Saint before delving into one of his favorites at the time - Gimme some Lovin'
Just started playing it in Late 84 and Phil was singing on it - This was before his official LEAD singing which started in spring 85

All this into "She Belongs to ME" with it's new slowed down tempo, Garcia seemingly crying onstage. People were just shitting their pants already!!!

NOW - Throw in your G-L-O-R-I-A - Enough said.

Encore - What in the world could encore after this. The anticipation was like I've never felt at a show. Anything was possible at this point.


Now don't you EVER ask why people hate this song!

For what it is worth, for some reason none of the recordings capture this shows energy at all.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Feb 19, 2007 12:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The last thing I was expecting 11-1-85

Yup, the recordings I've heard, aud and boards, all sound flat. My friends who weren't at this show heard me talk about it for years and when the DP came out, they looked at me like I was nuts. Well, if you were in that auditorium, you'll never forget that power. Still gives me shivers to think about.